According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, as Tonga tries to deal with ash and the psychological impact of last week's volcanic explosion and tsunami, families have prohibited their children from playing outside, according to aid workers and residents.
On Sunday, communication with the outside world remained difficult, with limited internet access and distant islands still without phone connection.
Communication with the outside world remained difficult. (Photo / Retrieved from Pixabay)
On Tonga's main island, the Red Cross claimed it was providing not only tents, food, water, and toilets, but also comfort to 173 households.
Drew Havea, vice president of the Tonga Red Cross, said, "Everyone is still struggling right now." "Families are making sure their kids are not playing outside, that they are all indoors" because of the ash, he said.
Although some people of Ha'apai's worst-affected outlying islands have been evacuated to the main island Tongatapu, Havea stated that others were refusing to go.
He predicted that the psychological impact of waves pouring through, and demolishing settlements would have a long-term impact on their lives. He also mentioned another concern that many people in Tonga have.
"Every kid grew up learning in geography class that this is the Ring of Fire, which is where we all live. He told Reuters, "Now I believe we're fairly concerned and start asking, 'How active are these places?"
Tsunami waves were blasted across the Pacific Ocean by the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano, which is located on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.